1--What is the title of your latest release?
THE BREAKUP TOUR
2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?
The Breakup Tour is the story of a world-famous pop star who embarks on a nationwide tour of her latest album with the ex-boyfriend who inspired her hit breakup song.
3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?
From the beginning, we knew this book was going to be about a music tour. We’ve written two romances that take place in single settings, so for this one, we were eager to tell a sweeping story across multiple cities.
4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?
Hang out with a world-famous pop star? Um, absolutely. Riley Wynn is exactly the kind of artist we admire, someone who writes highly personal music that connects with so many people.
5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?
Relentless, talented, brave.
6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?
Writing songs is incredibly hard! We included original lyrics in this book, and we have renewed respect for every musician.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
Because of our co-author relationship, there is always a degree of editing built into every draft. When we exchange the computer, we read and refine what the other has done, but generally when it comes to bigger revisions, we try to get to the end before starting.
8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?
Emily—gummy bears. Austin—fried chicken.
9--Describe your writing space/office!
Our office is absolutely covered in books. It’s a wonderful problem to have, but when you are married co-authors, you receive twice as many author copies of all your books. The Breakup Tour is our ninth book. We have…a lot of our own books that we have tried to display and store.
10--Who is an author you admire?
Answer: Jodi Picoult. Not only are her books fantastic and deservedly successful, but she is so kind and generous to other authors.
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was very meaningful because it was one of our first mutual inspirations for writing YA contemporary romance, which is where our co-writing career started. Emily, a longtime YA reader, was invigorated by how excellent it is in every respect, and for Austin, just starting out as a YA reader, it unlocked the possibilities the genre presented. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work, including Daisy Jones and the Six, which was very inspirational for The Breakup Tour, but also her earlier contemporary romantic dramas, had similar effects for our co-authoring partnership’s move into adult romance.
12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.
When we found out we had an offer on our debut, we were on a walk brainstorming a new story we were working on while our book was on submission to editors. It hadn’t been a good writing day for us, and we needed to get some air to clear our heads so we could return and be more productive. We got to the end of our walk and checked our email and inside was our agent saying we had an offer from a dream publisher. Needless to say, we did not return home more productive.
13--What’s your favorite genre to read?
Romance, of course. But we also love stories that meld romance with fantasy or adventure.
14--What’s your favorite movie?
Emily - Pride and Prejudice (2005). Austin - It’s a Wonderful Life.
15--What is your favorite season?
Winter. We prefer the cold to the heat. We love the end-of-year holidays, and the winter months include Emily’s birthday, which of course is Austin’s very favorite holiday.
16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
With each other. Movies, video games, reading, and brunch at our favorite beachfront breakfast place often figure in.
17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
The Artful Dodger. The romance is top-notch, and the heists are just so wonderfully done. Who can resist a fun literary sendup?
18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
Mexican. We grew up in Southern California, surrounded by breakfast burritos and fish tacos.
19--What do you do when you have free time?
We walk our dog Bronte. She is a two-year-old German Shepherd, which means she needs endless exercise. Without our numerous daily walks, who would keep the neighborhood’s squirrels in check?
20--What can readers expect from you next?
We have a couple things coming up this year! On June 4, our YA heist Heiress Takes All comes out, and on September 10, under the pen name E.B. Asher with Bridget Morrissey, we are releasing a cozy romantasy called This Will Be Fun.
A rising-star musician has a second chance at love with an old flame she remembers all too well in this swoony romance from the acclaimed authors of The Roughest Draft.
Riley Wynn went from a promising singer-songwriter to a superstar overnight, thanks to her breakup song concept album and its unforgettable lead single. When Riley’s ex-husband claims the hit song is about him, she does something she hasn’t in ten years and calls Max Harcourt, her college boyfriend and the real inspiration for the song of the summer.
Max hasn’t spoken to Riley since their relationship ended. He’s content with managing the retirement home his family owns, but it’s not the life filled with music he dreamed of. When Riley asks him to go public as her songwriting muse, he agrees on one condition: he’ll join her band on tour.
As they perform across the country, Max and Riley start to realize that while they hit some wrong notes in the past, their future could hold incredible things.And their rekindled relationship will either last forever or go down in flames.
Women's Fiction | Romance Comedy [Berkley, On Sale: January 23, 2024, Trade Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780593638644 / eISBN: 9780593638651]
Emily Wibberley grew up in Southern California, but instead of working on her nonexistent tan at the beach, she spent her time reading, making music and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Austin Siegemund-Broka writes contemporary YA novels with Emily Wibberley. They coauthored Always Never Yours (Penguin Random House), which published in 2018, and the forthcoming If I'm Being Honest and As We Go Forth (PRH, 2019 and 2020). A former journalist for The Hollywood Reporter, where he covered entertainment law and the film industry, he graduated from Harvard in 2014 with a degree in English and a focus on Shakespeare. When he's not writing (or reading) YA, he enjoys combing every corner of contemporary music (and watching Buffy with Emily)
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